Remote and refined. Four nights in on a 7,290-acre private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge. Three nights on the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Picture-perfect waterfalls, world-class snorkeling, wrapped up in a luxurious retreat with boutique lodging, excellent service and gourmet dining.
$2795 per person, double occupancy, shared bed (for couples, or close friends/family who will share a bed).
$3195 per person, double occupancy with separate beds (double room in the mountain resort with twin beds, then a single room at beach resort)*
$3495 single occupancy for the entire week.
*our beach resort only offers one bed per room
Yoga retreat January 5-12, 2019 includes:
Retreat does NOT include:
Day 1: Arrival, ground transfer to lodge, dinner, orientation.
Day 2: Morning yoga, breakfast, waterfall hike, lunch, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast, full day Mayan ruin tour, dinner.
Day 4: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, afternoon yoga, dinner.
Day 5: Morning yoga, breakfast, ground transfer to beach resort, lunch, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 6: Morning yoga, breakfast, snorkeling tour, lunch, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 7: Morning yoga, breakfast, free time, lunch, free time, sunset yoga, dinner.
Day 8: Departure, ground and air transfer to international airport.
*Shuttle from BZE departs at 4:00pm on arrival day of retreat, returns to BZE at 10am on departure day. If your flights do not coordinate with our shuttle times (or you are delayed, etc.), you will be responsible for paying for a private transfer.
Guideline itinerary. Schedule may vary based on instructor and size of group.
Martha Garrett, E-RYT 500
Martha Garrett, E-RYT 500, has been teaching Yoga since 1995. Her first certification was with Iyengar certified teacher, Lillah Schwartz. Martha’s 500-hour certification came through Triad Yoga Institute under Terry Brown and Suzanne Newton. More recently she has been inspired by Baxter Bell and received certification in Yoga for Healthy Aging in 2016. Martha’s classes are tailored to meet the needs of a variety of physical abilities with focus on proper alignment, use of the breath, and the creation of a light heart. An artist and teacher of art, she understands how to encourage students uniquely in their practice while creating an arena of challenge and support.
Martha has hosted many retreats in the mountains of North Carolina and enjoys creating community around the practice of yoga. She is excited to lead students through practices in Belize that will focus on harmonizing with the beauty of the surroundings. Morning sequences will energize participants for their day including dynamic asana, longer holds of poses to create stability and yoga philosophy to foster equanimity. Practice in the evening will include asana, meditation, pranayama, and/or restoratives to align participants with the quiet of a more inward focus. All classes will offer a variety of options for seasoned practitioners and those with less yoga experience.
Begin with four nights in the Mountain Pine Ridge…a pine forest in the middle of the jungle
The first four nights you will stay at ultra-secluded Hidden Valley Inn. The cottages are spacious and pleasant, with high pitched ceilings, stocked fireplace, sitting area, private bath and Belizean hardwood detailing. Cottages are single, double or triple occupancy, with either a double bed or twins.
In addition to the inn’s pool and hot tub, there are 100+ miles of hiking and mountain biking trails that lead to eight large waterfalls. Yoga is practiced in three specially-built locations throughout the reserve, including one yoga platform overlooking Tiger Creek waterfall.
…then spend three nights on the Caribbean Sea.
The last three nights of the retreat are spent at Naia, a beachfront spa resort on the lovely Placencia peninsula. Each guestroom is just steps from the sea.
Naia Resort and Spa was listed as “One of the 52 places to go in 2017” by the New York Times. The luxurious (yet barefoot casual) resort is tucked away on a 200-acre private reserve, stretching from the turquoise Caribbean sea to the the Placencia lagoon, with views of the Maya Mountains beyond.
All meals are included, beginning with dinner on arrival day. You will feast on amazing food with excellent service while on our Caribbean Hideaways retreat. At both resorts, you will enjoy delicious homemade gourmet meals. Vegetarian, vegan and allergies can be easily accommodated.
Typical dinner menu at Hidden Valley Inn might include a first course choice of bruchetta with olive tapanade, lobster stew or walnut and blue cheese salad, main course choices of pecan-crusted snapper, curried chickpeas and spinach or filet mignon with mushrooms and red wine sauce. Their exquisite, daily-made desserts range from decadent chocolate eclairs to the more pious pear granita.
Meals at Naia are casual gourmet. Breakfast might be fresh tropical fruits, followed by homemade pastries, yogurt and eggs. Lunch options could be catch of the day served with rice and avocado salad. Dinner might be chaya soup, habanero chicken skewers, and homemade molton lava cake.
Included in your Caribbean Hideaways retreat:
Complementary free-time activities:
Caracol Mayan Ruins–Caracol is Belize’s most magnificent Mayan ruin (and one of the largest in the Maya world). In its prime it covered over 65 square miles and was inhabited by over 120,000 people. Lost to the rainforest for over 1,000 years, Caracol was rediscovered in 1937. Its largest temple, Caana, is over 140 feet tall, and remains the tallest man-made structure in Belize to this day.
Guided waterfall hike–Guided hike to enjoy the flora and fauna that Belize has in abundance–including many native birds not found elsewhere in North America. Hike along the Cascade Trail, traversing handbuilt bridges, and arriving at the magical and photo-perfect Butterfly Falls.
Snorkeling the second-largest Barrier Reef in the world–Belize’s reef is like a living art gallery. Living among the many beautiful corals are a myriad of tropical fish–Blue Tang, Angelfish, Butterfly Fish, Parrot Fish…there are simply too many to name. Snorkelers often see elusive beauties such as spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and the magnificent Queen Triggerfish.
Morning and evening outdoor yoga classes with gorgeous views. The locations we have selected for our Caribbean Hideaways retreat perfectly immerse you in the beauty of Belize.
While at Hidden Valley Inn, you will enjoy three different yoga palapas–each designed to provide you with a unique jungle sensory experience. At Naia, their lovely yoga studio is an indoor/outdoor space with an entire wall of glass doors opening onto a lovely garden.
Activities available for an additional charge: